Letters to the Editor -- May 18, 2006

Published on Thu, May 18, 2006
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Initiative 933 is a misleading attempt to manipulate public opinion into destroying the natural beauty many Washingtonians treasure. It eliminates the concept of land use planning entirely. It devastates Washington’s natural ecosystems as ballot measure 37 has Oregon’s because I-933 applies to more types of property.
Proponents: developers, timber companies and farmers-turned “wanna be” developers desire Washington’s public to think their initiative is about governments paying landowners for the right cities and counties presently have to guide our natural resource consumption patterns and to intelligently and constructively influence the growth of our communities.
The reason I-933 is fundamentally dishonest is because its framers already know that no government has funds with which to pay “market value” for the myriad of real estate development projects that those self-interested groups will propose.
Therefore, given their foreknowledge of the pre-existing absence of such funding sources, proponents correctly reason I-933 will cause de facto elimination of all land use regulation triggering a free-for-all of real estate speculation. Those not understanding the destructive power of I-933 should drive Highway 101 along Oregon’s shoreline to see how much of that recently-pristine coastline has been utterly destroyed by uncontrolled urban development in just the two short years since ballot measure 37 fooled Oregon’s voters.
Multistory condominiums standing shoulder-to-shoulder right on the beach wall off whole towns from any possible view of the ocean. Massive clear-cuts now extend from the far horizon miles away right up to the city’s edge.
Please vote no on I-933 for the sake of the land. Citizens interested in protecting our community’s right to beneficial land use ordinances through our elected representatives, with the assistance of paid expert planners, and through our traditional public hearing processes, are encouraged to contact myself (371-3134) or FutureWise.org to either get personally involved or to make a donation to save the concept of “urban planning” and thereby to preserve some of the land that is Washington state. In the final analysis the land is all that really matters, is it not?
Lincoln L. Rutter
Blaine

The Editor:
As June fast approaches us, it is time once again to wrap up youth baseball for the season, but before that happens Blaine Youth Baseball would like to give a huge thank you to this year’s coaches. These volunteers are the people that make it happen for the kids. Thanks to the sponsors, for making this year financially possible.
To the parents – thanks for participating and making this a positive experience for your child. A very special thank you to Tracey Doll in the concession stand – all your hard work is much appreciated by all.
If you are interested in helping Blaine Youth Baseball next year we have meetings once a month starting in September to get ready for the next season. Please call Paul Aguirre at 815-2478 to inquire about a board position. Elections are Saturday June 3, 12 p.m. Pipeline Field Complex.
Christy Olason
Blaine

The Editor:
The Blaine middle school PTSO recently sponsored our first dance. Over 130 kids attended and danced to some far out groovy tunes from the ’70s courtesy of Whatcom Sound. Yary photography did an awesome job with their authentic ’70s set. Pictures taken the night of the dance are available for viewing or purchase on line at www.yaryphoto.net. We collected 56 non-perishable food items for the Blaine Food Bank. Special thanks to Blaine Little Caesar’s Pizza for donating the prizes. We would also like to thank the volunteers and chaperones who helped make our dance a great success.
The BMS PTSO has a group of dedicated parents, teachers and students who are making a difference at BMS! New members are always welcome! Be sure and check out our next event which happens in October – monster mash!
On behalf of the BMS PTSO, thanks!
Teri Price
Blaine

The Editor:
With much regret, Truffles By the Sea would like to inform our patrons we have been forced to close our lunch services due to the high operational expenses and low volume of clientele.
Our regular dinner schedule will continue as usual, from 4 to 10 p.m.
Starting June 1, we will be offering our extended services from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. This would include happy hour, sunset specials and dinners.
We will also be publishing a new summer menu featuring lots of fresh seafood, steaks, and other international dishes.
Thank you for your many years of patronage and understanding. We hope to serve you soon!
Marieness Johnson
Executive Chef
Truffles By The Sea
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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